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Terracotta cup with barbotine decoration

Period:
Imperial
Date:
2nd–early 3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.11.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
This cup is representative of the sort of pottery that was produced in Roman Britain, influenced by wares made in eastern Gaul and the Rhineland. The shape of the vessel and the style of the hunting scene are typical of the northwestern provinces, but barbotine decoration itself—the application of a thick clay slip to the vessel surface—is found on many different types of pottery across the Roman Empire.
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